Updated: Nov 14, 2018

1. Party like an Elk Taking place on May 19 and 20, this year’s ElkFest celebrates ‘Wapiti & Wilderness’. This is the 51st year that the town has celebrated the famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction, so it’s a good excuse to throw yourself into the outdoor skills, hunting and ecological educational events on offer. The festival celebrates the fact that the thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers each spring before migrating to their summer range. The local Boy Scouts collect the shed antlers and auction them to bidders from around the world. A large portion of auction proceeds goes to habitat enhancement projects on the National Elk Refuge.  2. Sample some Chili To mark the end of ElkFest at noon on May 20, the town hosts the famous ‘Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off’, which sees both professional and amateur teams completing the cook the best chilli in the west. The entry fee is just $5. 3. Go Back to the Old West Often referred to as ‘The Last of the Old West’, Jackson Hole will be hosting its 37th annual Old West Days from May 24 to 28. This old-time celebration of Western culture features a parade, family events, live music and lots of local food and beer. 4. Put up a Fight A Wyoming tradition since 1957, the Jackson Hole Shootout takes place every summer evening – except Sundays – at the northeastern corner of the Town Square at 6 pm. This shootout is the longest, continuously running gunfight in the United States and it is estimated that more than 4 million people have witnessed it over the years. The retreat-style Wyoming Inn in the Grand Teton mountain range is a great accommodation option if you’re looking for some Jackson Hole fun this summer. Oozing Western ambience, its elegant rooms and mini-suites provide the ideal escape in natural surroundings.

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